MajGen James A. Kessler
Major General James Kessler serves as President of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. He previously worked as LMl’s Vice President of Materiel Management, where he was responsible for the consulting firm’s practices in procurement, maintenance and readiness, supply chain, and math modeling.
After a distinguished 33-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Kessler served as the in-country program manager of the Logistics Civilian Augmentation Program for DynCorp International in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His military career culminated in his last assignment as Assistant Deputy Commandant. Installations and Logistics (Facilities) where he was responsible for management and oversight of the Marine Corps’ Military Construction efforts, energy, environmental compliance, and performance oversight of all installations’ logistics functions. He simultaneously served as the first Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations Command where he had command of 24 worldwide installations leading a workforce of more than 31,000 people and managing a budget in excess of $4 billion.
General Kessler holds a Bachelor’s in history from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in systems management from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Master’s in Military Studies from Marine Corps University. He is a graduate of the Executive Program in Logistics and the Advanced Program in Logistics and Technology at UNC Chapel Hill.